Dog saves baby from abusive babysitter

New parents Benjamin and Hope Jordan was extremely thorough in their search for a babysitter for their baby son, Finn. After a background check on 22-year-old Alexis Khan came up squeeky clean, the Jordans thought that they had found a responsible person to look after their baby while they were at work during the day. But little did they know – that the exact opposite was true and that Khan would verbally and physically abuse their 7-month-old son for nearly five months before she was even caught. Thanks to the family’s dog, who is a Labrador Retriever–German Shepherd mix Killian, Khan is now behind bars where she belongs. Killian was the one and only witness to the abuse that Finn suffered at the hands of his babysitter, and the loyal Lab mix was not afraid to make his feelings about Alexis Khan known to his owners. Whenever Khan entered the Jordan’s house, Killian would growl and stand between her and baby Finn, seemingly defending the baby from his babysitter. Benjamin and Hope were in complete shock. “About five months into her being our baby sitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door,” Benjamin tells WCSC. “He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her.” Benjamin and Hope could not believe that their dog, who acted warm and friendly towards everyone else he’d ever met, behaved in such an unusual manner around the babysitter. In the end, Benjamin and Hope could no longer ignore the message what Killian was trying so desperately to convey. Hope suggested to her husband that they hide an iPhone beneath the sofa one day, hoping to record what was going on in their home. However, the Jordans were not prepared to discover that the woman they’d trusted was, in fact, acting violently towards their baby — and that’s exactly what they heard on the secret iPhone recording. “It started with cussing,” Benjamin said. “Then you hear slap noises and his crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry. I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up.” The concerned parents also heard what they believed to be the sounds of Khan shaking Finn on the recording — something which could have easily killed or permanently disabled their son. “To know that five months I had handed my child to a monster, not knowing what was going on in my house for that day,” Benjamin says in utter disbelief. After the discovery, Khan has pled guilty to assault and battery in a Charleston Circuit Court. She must serve 1 to 3 years in prison for abusing Finn. The babysitter will be up for parole in 1 year but must remain on a child abuse registry upon release.

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